Each year the Kiwanis Club of Pullman presents the Kiwanis Community Service Recognition Award to advance and honor community service and volunteerism in the Pullman area.
Recipients of the award are outstanding contributors to the well being and environment of Pullman; exemplary role models for Pullman’s children, men, and women; and show demonstrated commitment to civic matters and the ongoing improvement of the city.
2022 Award – Tom and Jeri Harris
Tom and Jeri Harris arrived in Pullman almost 15 years ago in June 2007 when Tom retired from Chevron Corporation after 25 years. They contacted the Pullman Chamber of Commerce to volunteer for the Lentil Festival and Pullman Civic Theatre before they even arrived. Tom was stunned to see himself in a frontpage photo in the Daily News on the Saturday of Lentil Festival, showing him serving chili next to the mayor!
Tom and Jeri have since served Pullman as volunteers in a wide range of organizations, always giving generously of their time, talent, and leadership.
Their many activities in Pullman include:
Pullman Civic Theatre
Jeri costumed virtually all the shows for 10 years. She was president of the Board of Directors, director, stage manager, props, and front of house. Tom has been the business manager and accountant for 10 years, as well as serving on the Board of Directors and at the box office.
Whitman County Humane Society
Tom has served on the Board of Directors for several years, and continues as treasurer and business manager. He was also on the Building Committee for the construction of Animal Haven. Jeri and Tom have chaired the annual Fur Ball fundraiser for several years.
Kiwanis Club of Pullman
Jeri was secretary and president. Tom was secretary and treasurer of the club. Together, they ran the football parking fundraiser for 6 years, handled supply and logistics for Stuff the Bus for many years, and represented the club at 2 International Conventions.
Tom was accountant for 4 years. Jeri served on the Board of Directors for 4 years.
Jeri was on the Board of Directors for 3 years.
WSU Performing Arts
Jeri has served on the Advisory Board for 5 years. She was also costumer for many shows over 6 years.
Council on Aging – Transportation
Tom is a volunteer driver, a role he’s had for 5 years.
Pullman Arts Commission
Jeri was chairperson for 3 years.
Idaho Saint Bernard Rescue
Tom and Jeri continue to provide long distance transportation to the BIG SWEETIES.
Gladish Performing Arts Center (GPAC)
Jeri is a team member.
Blood Platelet Donations
Tom has made 311 donations (and counting).